Location: Wendell, formerly from Burgaw
Fri Nov 20, 2020 2:45 pm
Farewell Midnight Wind. John McDow left us for the great fishing grounds above on November 14. I truly enjoyed the time I spent with him on the Midnight Wind and at Cape Fear Anglers meetings. Nine of will ever forget the night he did the program with the mason jar.
Thanks Midnight for the memories.
C Wayne, Retired
20 ft Wellcraft
Salt Water Therapy
Wayne Batten Agronomic Services
Location: Raleigh & Carolina Beach
Fri Nov 20, 2020 3:34 pm
Damnit, 2020 sucks.
Rest in Peace John, always enjoyed fishing with you, always learned so much.
Steve in Carolina Beach
Contender 25 200 Verados
Contender 23 - SOLD
Fri Nov 20, 2020 4:08 pm
Damn this sucks had the pleasure of him fishing with me twice super nice and very knowledgeable guy he will definitely be missed!
Fri Nov 20, 2020 5:36 pm
RIP Midnight. :-(
Location: Cape Fear, NC
Fri Nov 20, 2020 6:03 pm
John was "Good People" . He will be missed!
Captain Dave Tilley
Let\'s go kill something!
Carolina Beach Fishing Charters
Fri Nov 20, 2020 6:10 pm
Oh no sorry to hear that. John gave me my first set of bottom numbers to fish out of Beaufort inlet. Caught a lot of Grouper on that spot. I have the waypoint Saved in my GPS as John’s spot. Sad to hear of his passing.
Fri Nov 20, 2020 6:15 pm
When I first started running charters many moons ago, John called me one night. We talked for hours.
Never got to hang out with him, but I ran into him on the water.
He will be missed for sure.
Sat Nov 21, 2020 9:29 am
We had a lot of fun fishing together - RIP John, calm seas and light winds.
17 Mitzi Skiff
Sat Nov 21, 2020 10:22 am
My condolences to his family. I never met nor spoke to him, but remember the offerings of guidance and his pictures to this forum. Who can forget the aspiring pictures he would include with the ever pristine white tee shirt? I can judge a painter by the amount of paint they allow on their clothes, with said, John appeared to be a world-class fisherman and believe he had a great life. RIP John
Sat Nov 21, 2020 10:59 am
Fair winds and following seas brother
Karen\'s Rod Holder
Sat Nov 21, 2020 4:45 pm
Rest In Peace!!! Never met but do have some grouper numbers we fish today!!! Very great man!! Prayers sent!
Location: Carolina Beach
Sun Nov 22, 2020 7:46 am
John was a good friend of mine we Wahoo fished together on his boat and mine. I’m so sad that he’s gone but glad he’s no longer suffering. I remember vividly the fishing club meeting Wayne reffered to. John was supposed to give an instructional presentation on winter Wahoo fishing.
Seems somebody brought a mason jar full of home made moon shine. John was offered a swig and never wanting to be rude he obliged. So again not wanting to be rude a few minuets later he took another swig. Another friend “Little Jimmy” looked at me and rolled his eyes and said “ Oh Boy here we go”. 🤪Well by the time John was supposed to offer his instructions on how to catch Wahoo he was gone. Moonshine swelled his tong and he couldn’t talk. We all sat politely till someone said “Maybe we should schedule this presentation for another meeting.😂
I think about him every day now that he’s gone. This was a man who was always the first to offer help or share his knowledge with anyone that asked for it. He would always tell you were he fished or what lure and color he caught his fish on if asked. None of that secret $hit ,go find your own fish from John McDow.
He was the first person to help me get dialed in when I moved here and I will always be thankful I had the pleasure of his company.
Think I will change the name of my boat to Livin The Dream!!
Location: Kannapolis NC, Carolina Beach
Sun Nov 22, 2020 8:10 pm
Hate to hear this, Great Man always enjoyed talking to him he will be missed.
Don\'t never go faster than your guardian angle can fly.
Piedmont Coastal Anglers
Come and visit us Bass Pro Shop Concord 3rd Tuesday of each month
Location: Pittsboro, NC
Sun Nov 22, 2020 9:08 pm
I'm sorry to hear of his passing. Hadn't seen a post from him in a long time, but I also fondly remember him as being a great sharer of information and an all around friendly guy.
My favorite memory was a post where he shared a photo of either 3 wahoos or 3 kings. I don't remember which. But I know that in that photo it was very evident one wasn't like the others (meaning he had 2 wahoos and a king or vice versa). A couple of us pointed this out to him, and he swore up and down that he saw those fish and damnit there were all the same thing and he knew the damn difference etc (and I'm sure he did). So we all just let it go because in the grand scheme of things, it doesn't really matter and we respected him enough.
I'm glad to hear he's at peace and am thankful to have gotten to read some of his postings and knowledge.
Location: Carolina Beach
Mon Nov 23, 2020 9:14 am
Sorry to hear of John's passing. One of the most giving fishermen I've ever met. John was a legend back when this site was FryingPanTower.com and always will be.
250 Baja CC
Mon Nov 23, 2020 7:21 pm
I had some great fishing trips and laughs with John. Hopefully he's gaffing big ones in heaven 😇
Onslow Bay 27
Location: New Bern
Mon Nov 23, 2020 7:36 pm
Definitely one of the good ones. RIP
1970 Formula - Fishfindertoo
Tue Nov 24, 2020 7:28 am
Had the pleasure of meeting John a time or two as he spoke at different events our club put on. He was great to deal with on all occasions. As someone said earlier he was a great sharer of information. I think the biggest attendance we had for some of our standard meetings were when John or Jimmy Price were our guest speakers. RIP Midnight Wind.
Location: Central NC
Tue Nov 24, 2020 6:21 pm
Had the pleasure of fishing with him and Barry a couple times. Very knowledgeable and the nicest guy you would want to meet. John also volunteered for a few of our Military Appreciation Day events as well. Love ya and we will miss ya man.
Cobia 244 ~ Twin F115\'s \"Game Changer\"
Location: Washington, NC
Fri Nov 27, 2020 6:46 pm
When I first started fishing in NC John would give me great advice online, over the phone and even met me for lunch one time.
A very giving guy. My condolences to the family. He'll be missed by many.
No club, squad, or clique will have me--------
Leon, aboard \"KITTY\" cell-703-402-2010
22\' Twin Vee Ocean Cat
Location: Carolina Beach NC
Sat Dec 05, 2020 8:01 pm
Thank you all for the kind words and for sharing your stories and memories of John. I miss him tremendously each & every day. I am so happy he was a part of so many of y'all's lives! Next Saturday 12/12 we are having a Celebration of Life at Fort Fisher, Noon to 4pm. Please stop by if you like and share some more of these awesome fish 'tails'!
Capt Amanda King
Carolina Beach Inshore Guide
198 Elite Carolina Skiff 115hp Suzuki
Thu Dec 10, 2020 3:30 pm
Super friendly guy. He will be missed
Sun Dec 13, 2020 7:19 am
I didn't know him, but seems like he left a good crew to follow. I'd like to hit the water with you all sometime
Grady white 249 twin 150
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